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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 17 May 1995



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 17 May 1995

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Parliamentary Record 10


Debates for 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997




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DEBATES - Wednesday 17 May 1995 by Ted in 1978 when he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Ontario Cancer Institute. This new experimental data and analysis is now due for publication in the prestigious international journal Proceedings o f the National Academy o f Sciences. USA. It will be published in the next month or so. A pre-print of this definitive research paper also has been donated to the parliamentary library by the author. I will place on the record an explanation of this somatic selection theory, which Dr Lim would understand better than I. If a person mounts a protective immune antibody response against a dangerous disease and survives, the specific antibody memory of this protection can be passed on genetically to his or her children - that is, the children will be automatically (instinctively) immune to the disease their parents overcame. This is radical because the process, at first sight, apparently is non-Darwinian. It is the inheritance of acquired characters, a genetic transmission process first clearly proclaimed by the French scientist, Jean Baptiste de Lamarck, in 1809, some 50 years before Darwins natural selection theory of 1859. It should be pointed out that Ted Steeles theory is a mixture of both Lamarckian and Darwinian processes. A semi-popular description, co-authored with Harry Rothenfluh, was published in 1993 over 2 issues in Today's Life Science. It is significant that the Territory is connected with a major adventure in scientific thought - the development and validation of new ideas on the mechanism of biological evolution. The first connection is indirect through the 19th century visit of The Beagle, the same ship that took Charles Darwin on his famous voyage of discovery and we now have a direct connection through a major modification and extension of Darwins theory of evolution through our native son, Ted Steele, a genuine product of the Territory. It has been an honour to talk about this young Territorian who is making his mark in the world of international science. Mrs HICKEY (Barkly): Mr Deputy Speaker, 26 April was the National Stop Violence Against Women Day. The extent of violence against women in any society is an indicator of the status of women within that society. As women are empowered educationally, economically and politically and barriers to full participation at all levels of society are removed, so women are moving away from the status of victim. We cannot continue to build more refuges for women and children and, equally, we cannot continue to reinforce a victim or welfare image in the minds of women themselves. As economic independence becomes more widespread among women, they will use their own resources to move out of violent relationships and, if nothing else, this fact could assist in restoring a balance of power to the relationships o f men and women from which both could benefit. Clearly, we are still far from the stage where we can do without such things as womens refuges and domestic violence and sexual assault services. I am proud to be on the committee of the womens refuge in Tennant Creek. It is a very hard-working committee which meets almost every week. It keeps in touch with what is going on in the refuge and guides the deliberations and the smooth running of that organisation. It recently appointed a new manager to the refuge. I believe that it is set for good administration and useful service to the community. It is sad that it is necessary, but the fact remains that, in all communities across the Northern Territory, domestic violence and sexual assault are a fact of life. Women seek refuge from those unbearable situations on a daily basis. 3321

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